…and give to the poor, if I recall correctly. Jesus’ advice to the rich young ruler.
Well, I wrestle with that, you know. I veer between thinking it was Jesus’ advice to a specific person, not applicable to all Christians except in the broader sense that we need to get rid of the things that come between us and God, and thinking that He really, literally meant that each one of us should abandon personal possessions and live in holy poverty.
Obviously, I’m a long way from doing that. And just in case you needed proof, we had this yard sale on Sunday.
I really feel my blog is handicapped without my camera, because I’d like to show you the yard sale, but instead I just have to tell you that we hauled BOXES OF JUNK out of the house for what seemed like hours … outgrown clothes, outgrown toys, books, videos, cassette tapes (like anyone wants those). The plan was that we were going to try to sell a small portion of what we have, and give to the poor.
Which we did. We weren’t rushed-off-our-feet busy, but people came by all day and bought stuff, and the rain held off, and we made $120 for our WorldVision project (by the way, notice how I’ve cunningly put a link to the project in my sidebar??). Then I loaded everything we didn’t sell into the van and brought it to the Salvation Army Thrift Store, where they received it gratefully. So one way and another, whether in money or in kind, we gave to the poor.
The only problem is that our house is STILL FULL OF STUFF. Despite having ruthlessly culled so much out, there’s still so much there.
No matter how I interpret the story of the rich young ruler, it challenges me — to have less stuff, to be less attached to my stuff, to do more for people who don’t have stuff.
But it’s so hard getting rid of the stuff.